MARS NEEDS MORE WOMEN. Project: MASA-V Catalog Release

Join us on May 4th for the catalog release of the latest exhibit by Project MASA series! This exhibit opened at Centro Cultural Aztlan February 24 and will be on display until June 10. The idea behind the Project:MASA-V exhibit is to affect change by continuing discussions, educating and bringing together the community around ideals of social justice and inclusiveness through cosmic awareness, the use of science fiction, science, and social/political satire. The group includes Catherine Cisneros, Celeste De Luna, Yareth Fernandez, Brandy González, Suzy Gonzalez, Nansi Guevara, Mari Hernandez, Terry Ybañez, Lizette Ortiz, Pocha Peña, Sam Rawls, Natalia Rocafuerte, Mary Agnes Rodriguez, Ana Lilia Salinas, Liliana Wilson, Cindy Valderas, and Guillermina Zabala. The catalog will feature an essay by author Cathryn Merla-Watson PhD. who will be writing about the exhibit and the artists under the lens of her research and current publications and an essay by Iliana Pompa-MA art history candidate. The exhibit will also include poetry about the exhibit by author/poets Victoria Fennel and Anel Flores. Cathryn Merla-Watson Phd., co-editor of “Altermundos'' —the first edited volume dedicated to theorizing Chican@futurism and Latin@futurism, has agreed to write the essay for the catalog that will accompany the exhibit. Merla-Watson will be curating the exhibit together with Iliana Pompa, MA Art History Candidate, UTSA. Merla-Watson is also collaborating with Latinx futurism scholar Matthew Goodwin (University of New Mexico) to plan a national conference at the University of New Mexico in Spring of 2023 and will include the exhibit in the conference. The two have an advanced book contract with The Ohio State University Press (New Suns Series) to publish a related edited volume following the conference. The local and state media will receive media packages and press releases. The plan for marketing on a national platform for this exhibit will include Merla-Watson’s presentation of the exhibit participants within the scope of her research at a conference to be held at the University of New Mexico in Spring of 2023. through June 10, 2022 Monday-Thursday, 10:00 am to 4:00 p.m.

MARS NEEDS MORE WOMEN. Project: MASA-V

Centro Cultural Aztlan is honored to host the latest exhibit titled Mars Needs more Women. Project: MASA-V. Please join us Thursday, March 24th from 6-9PM for the opening reception and poetry presentation. Project: MASA is an ongoing exhibit series which gathers Chican@ artists that use outer space and science fiction iconography with past present and future tropes to comment on social-political issues that affect our gente presently and into the future. In addition to the gallery exhibition, author/poets Anel I. Flores and Victoria Garcia-Zapata are scheduled to present poetry and performances in response to the exhibit. A MASA-porte station will be available during the opening reception. Show up to the MASA-porte Station wearing your cosmic outfit or space suit to apply for a MASA-porte. MASA-portes are passports to space and proof of galactic citizenship. What is a Cosmic Outfit/Space Suit? The articles of clothing are meant to represent the outside skin that people have to develop and wear in order to navigate social and cultural spaces. It’s a metaphor. You must pose for a photograph of the outfit and a passport size photo for the MASA-porte. By doing so, the applicant agrees to release the photo image for a future Project:MASA Series curated photo exhibit and documentation. Plan ahead and prepare your cosmic outfit or space suit ahead of time. Make it a family activity. Look at what others are planning by visiting the FB page @005MASA. Curated by Cathryn Merla-Watson Phd. and Iliana Pompa, this intergenerational exhibit will present nineteen women artists from the frontera of South Texas, San Antonio and Austin (the I-35, I-37, I-69 corridor) dealing with Chican@futurism through their works. They include Catherine Cisneros, Celeste De Luna, Yareth Fernandez, Brandy González, Suzy Gonzalez, Nansi Guevara, Mari Hernandez, Terry Ybañez, Lizette Ortiz, Pocha Peña, Sam Rawls, Natalia Rocafuerte, Mary Agnes Rodriguez, Ana Lilia Salinas, Liliana Wilson, Cindy Valderas, and Guillermina Zabala. A catalog and artists’ video interview premier is scheduled for May 4, 2022, 6-9PM. The exhibit is free and open to the public and will be on view through June 10, 2022 Monday-Thursday, 10:00 am to 4:00 p.m.

15th Annual Vuelo de Mariposas Spring Market

Centro Cultural Aztlan presents the 15th annual Vuelo de Mariposas Spring Market, open studios with featured artists and an artisan market of fine-crafts, paintings and wearable art by some of San Antonio’s most noted artists. Participating artists include: Angelica Mayorga, Nuevo Huevo (Christine Saalbach), Angelina Pliego, Nancy De La Zerda, Amy Jo Rabold, Martin Emmanuel Rangel, Oscar A. Galvan Jr, Alicia Zavala Galvan, Elliott Trevino, Dolores Gonzalez-Jarvis, Carol Annette Perez, Debi Lively, and Michael Villanueva! If you missed our opening reception for the 45th Annual Segundo de Febrero- Mapping New Narratives exhibit this is a great opportunity to come see the latest exhibit and be part of the Artist Talk and discussion. The Vuelo de Mariposas Spring Market gives local artists an affordable venue in which to sell their works of art and provides visitors the opportunity to meet and greet the artists and artisans. Join us on Saturday and Sunday February 19-20, 2022 from 12:00pm-6:00pm!

Day of the Dead Stamp Unveiling by the United States Postal Service

[ms_row] [ms_column style="3/5" align="left" class="" id=""] [ms_heading style="" color="" border_color="" text_align="left" font_weight="500" font_size="30" margin_top="0" margin_bottom="10" border_width="5" responsive_text="yes" class="" id=""] Centro Cultural Aztlan is delighted to announce that we have been selected to host the unveiling of the first ever Day of the Dead Stamp by the United States Postal Service. [/ms_heading] [ms_heading style="none" color="" border_color="" text_align="left" font_weight="500" font_size="20" margin_top="0" margin_bottom="10" border_width="0" responsive_text="yes" class="" id=""]Since 1977, Centro The new stamps were designed and illustrated by artist Luis Fitch. Antonio Alcalá was the art director. The stamps are the first of their kind to be issued by the United States Postal Service to mark this annual cultural celebration. This is a great honor for Centro Cultural Aztlan, acknowledging our history as the first organization in San Antonio to celebrate this centuries-old tradition. Please join us for this memorable occasion on Friday, October 1, 2021 from 6-9 p.m. in our gallery located at 1800 Fredericksburg Road, Suite 103. Let’s celebrate our community, our heritage, and our cultural traditions! Centro Cultural Aztlan is pleased to partner with the United States Postal Service for this historic and momentous occasion. As you may know, since 1977, Centro Cultural Aztlan has welcomed tourists and residents to take part in one of the biggest and oldest Dia de los Muertos celebrations in San Antonio, paying tribute to our ancestors and to this special tradition. In recent years, Dia de los Muertos has caught on in the United States as a festive and increasingly popular celebration for all ages. In addition to the unveiling of the Day of Dead Stamp, attendees will have an opportunity to glimpse this year’s Dia de los Muertos Altares y Ofrendas exhibit installations, created by community members and local artists. They include: Hector Garza, Henry De Leon, Elizabeth Hernandez, The Negrete Family, and Don Nuñez. These new stamps and special edition postcards will be available for sale during the event. [/ms_heading] [ms_heading style="none" color="" border_color="" text_align="left" font_weight="500" font_size="50" margin_top="0" margin_bottom="4" border_width="0" responsive_text="yes" class="" id=""] [/ms_heading] [ms_heading style="none" color="" border_color="" text_align="left" font_weight="500" font_size="24" margin_top="0" margin_bottom="2" border_width="0" responsive_text="yes" class="" id=""]

Monarchs and Marigolds

[ms_row] [ms_column style="3/5" align="left" class="" id=""] [ms_heading style="" color="" border_color="" text_align="left" font_weight="500" font_size="30" margin_top="0" margin_bottom="10" border_width="5" responsive_text="yes" class="" id=""] Centro Cultural Aztlan presents Monarchs and Marigolds with Don Nuñez. [/ms_heading] [ms_heading style="none" color="" border_color="" text_align="left" font_weight="500" font_size="20" margin_top="0" margin_bottom="10" border_width="0" responsive_text="yes" class="" id=""]Since 1977, Centro Cultural Aztlan has opened its doors to tourists and residents to take part in the biggest and oldest Dia de los Muertos Celebration paying tribute to this centuries-old tradition. This year, as we get ready to convert our gallery into a giant installation that is filled with altares, ofrendas, cempazuchitl (marygolds), photos of loved ones, candles and more, we wanted to share two easy projects you can use for your own Dia de los Muertos altar or to decorate your home or office. Join us in a virtual presentation Friday, September 17, 2021 at 7pm, as Artist Don Nuñez makes it easy for us to learn the basics in creating paper or vinyl marigolds and paper-maché Butterflies; Two very significant and meaningful components of the Dia de los Muertos celebration. [/ms_heading] [ms_heading style="none" color="" border_color="" text_align="left" font_weight="500" font_size="50" margin_top="0" margin_bottom="4" border_width="0" responsive_text="yes" class="" id=""] [/ms_heading] [ms_heading style="none" color="" border_color="" text_align="left" font_weight="500" font_size="24" margin_top="0" margin_bottom="2" border_width="0" responsive_text="yes" class="" id=""] Video Premiere: Friday, September 17, 2021 at 7PM Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CentroCulturalAztlan/ and YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQwMXA110JIVCskeaxtjEmg [ms_heading style="" color="" border_color="" text_align="left" font_weight="500" font_size="40" margin_top="0" margin_bottom="0" border_width="0" responsive_text="yes" class="" id=""] [/ms_heading] [/ms_column] [ms_column style="2/5" align="left" class="" id=""] [ms_heading style="" color="" border_color="" text_align="left" font_weight="500" font_size="12" margin_top="10" margin_bottom="10" border_width="0" responsive_text="yes" class="" id=""] [/ms_heading] [ms_heading style="" color="" border_color="" text_align="left" font_weight="500" font_size="18" margin_top="10" margin_bottom="10" border_width="0" responsive_text="yes" class="" id=""] Video presentation will be on our website, Facebook and YouTube indefinitely. [/ms_heading] [/ms_column] [/ms_row] [ms_accordion style="boxed" type="2" class="" id=""] [ms_accordion_item title="About Don Nuñez:" color="#666666" background_color="" close_icon="" open_icon="" status="close"]Don Nuñez was born in Corpus Christi and raised in San Benito Texas. He holds a BA in Art from A&I University, and has a master’s in Fine Arts from Texas A&M Kingsville. Don studied ballet folklórico at Bellas Artes in Mexico City, where he was certified as a Maestro. He is a former dancer with the Royal Ballet Company in Canada, and spent time on Broadway in New York City with Ballet Folklórico de México. Don later became an art and dance teacher for youth grades K-12 in schools and private studios. In 1998, Don helped start the Ballet Folklórico program at the Edgewood ISD Fine Arts Academy, where he was devoted to his students for nearly 20 years. Now retired, he focuses his artwork on the rich cultura here in San Antonio and South Texas. Don continues to create art through installations, costume design, and set design. [/ms_accordion_item] [/ms_accordion] [ms_divider style="normal" align="center" width="100%" margin_top="15" margin_bottom="15" border_size="1" border_color="#f2f2f2" icon="" class="" id=""][/ms_divider] [ms_heading style="none" color="" border_color="" text_align="left" font_weight="500" font_size="18" margin_top="10" margin_bottom="10" border_width="0" responsive_text="yes" class="" id=""] Here is a sample of some of Don's artwork:[/ms_heading] [foogallery id="2123"] [ms_divider style="normal" align="center" width="100%" margin_top="15" margin_bottom="15" border_size="1" border_color="#f2f2f2" icon="" class="" id=""][/ms_divider] [the-post-grid id="1302" title="Galeria_postgrid"] [ms_divider style="back_to_top" align="center" width="100%" margin_top="15" margin_bottom="15" border_size="1" border_color="#f2f2f2" icon="" class="" id=""][/ms_divider]

LA MUJER: VIDA Y VALOR

March is International Women’s month, and Centro Cultural Aztlan is pleased to present “La Mujer: Vida y Valor,” a two person show featuring mujeres Dolores Godinez and Cynthia Jane Treviño. For Godinez and Treviño, México is their ancestors’ home. From the mythology of Aztlán, comes the story of Coatlicue, the mother earth goddess who is shattered into many pieces so that she can conceive humanity. The modern woman of many cultures today—Chicana, Latinx and Black Womxn’s worlds—a e shattering the mold to put their own expressions out into the world. Women have the capacity to be bold and determined. The artworks themselves show the different facets of the female creation. From Coatlicue to today’s break out spirit of life, we find mujeres taking on the world and inspiring us to do the same. Dolores Godinez holds a BS in Education and for over 25 years was a teaching theatre artist and actor in Dallas. In 2014, she moved to Florida where she was a teaching artist’s assistant at Young Art Museum. Florida introduced her to a love of photography and exploration into visual art. Now living in San Antonio, she continues to explore and define her photography. Her style has now turned to street photography. In the faces and bodies captured by Godinez’s camera, we find the story of the 21st century female human. From the downtown streets of San Antonio to south Florida, the images of these women show how determined they are to have their voices heard, to express themselves with their own art. Cynthia Jane Treviño is an artist, educator and Tejana from San Antonio, Texas. Her work mixes travel and street photography to document people and places of diverse cultures. She also explores issues of family history, ancestor worship and women’s empowerment through cyanotypes and mixed media. Cynthia holds a BFA in Visual Art Studies and MA in Art Education from the University of Texas at Austin. Treviño’s work combines photography, cyanotypes and mixed media. Her images are an expression of female deseos. Of her work, Treviño says, “These cyanotypes were created as a form of ancestor worship. These mujeres represent a struggle that so many women around the world fight for. We must stand up for our fellow hermanas. After all, we owe it to the women that raised us and prepare us for the future.” Join us at the opening reception on Thursday, March 12, 2020 from 6:00-9:00pm for light refreshments, music by Chulita Vinyl Club, and poetry by local mujeres Celinda De La Fuente, Dennise Frausto, and San Juana Guillermo. The exhibit is free and open to the public and will be on view through Thursday, April 9, 2020 Monday-Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm.

Los Maestros: Early Explorers of Chicano Identity

Los Maestros: Early Explorers of Chicano Identity is a visual art exhibition highlighting the contributions of Chicano artists who have been active since the start of San Antonio’s Chicano arts movement in the 1960s and 1970s. The exhibition will be on display at Centro de Artes from February 13 to June 28, 2020. Out of the Chicano civil rights movement of the 1960s and 1970s, a cohort of talented Mexican-American artists emerged in San Antonio, Texas. Excluded from mainstream galleries and museums, these artists began to organize their own groups, exhibitions, and galleries, interweaving their shared artistic aspirations with commentaries on the social movements of the time. Many were employed as commercial artists, graphic designers, and sign painters. However, their passion was for fine art. Together, they opened new doors for one another and for future generations, and entered into an uncharted exploration of Chicano art, politics, and identity. The exhibition titled Los Maestros: Early Explorers of Chicano Identity focuses on three of the underrepresented artists central to the early Chicano arts movement in San Antonio – Jesse Almazan, Jose Esquivel, and Rudy Treviño. All three artists were members of Con Safo, San Antonio’s first Chicano arts collective. This exhibition will focus on their unique contributions and histories as individual artists. This exhibition also marks the first public showing of Jesse Almazan’s work since his death in 2002. Jesse’s wife, Maggie Almazan, has loaned her collection and archives for the exhibition.Centro Cultural Aztlan is the curator of the Los Maestros exhibition. The organization’s Executive Director, Malena Gonzalez-Cid, began developing plans for the exhibition in 2018 through a series of interviews with the featured artists. Centro Cultural Aztlan was founded in 1977 and has been serving San Antonio for 43 years with a mission of preserving, developing and promoting Chicano and Latino art and culture.